Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


DELANO, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Corrections says guards have been injured by prisoners in two assaults at Kern Valley State Prison.

The first assault occurred about 6:40 a.m. Monday when an inmate refused to go into a cell and punched one of two escorting officers, knocking one down stairs.

Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee

Robert Castorena sat stoically next to his attorney, his face hidden behind a thick thatch of beard, his hair matted into a bushy pony tail, the gray in both symbolizing the years that have passed since he stabbed his wife to death and left their children with her body inside the family’s South Land Park home.
Castorena had fully recovered his sanity, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Bunmi Awoniyi ruled from the bench, and he was no longer a danger to himself or others.
Since Castorena was sane, the judge found, he could now be sent to prison.


Sonoma Index-Tribune

A convicted murderer won’t get out of prison anytime soon after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on April 13 denied parole to 62-year-old William Barton, of Santa Rosa.
The charges resulted from the robbery and shooting of two farm workers on March 23, 1975. Victims, 40-year-old Sabino Sotelo and his 16-year-old son, Gregorio Sotelo, were shot by Barton multiple times with a .22 caliber handgun.


William La Jeunesse, Fox News

More than a dozen states are considering prison reform measures to drastically reduce their inmate populations to save money. But law enforcement in California are blaming their reforms for a recent uptick in crime.

"The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice show violent crime rates in some California cities has increased by over 50 percent," said Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys.  "If you look at the national data, our violent crime rates are going up faster than the rest of the nation. So why?"

Prosecutors and police have an explanation -- a series of prison reform measures, which reduce the state prison population by 20,000 inmates by releasing non-violent offenders early and making some felonies misdemeanors. One law, Assembly Bill 109, transferred 60,000 felony parole violators a year from state prison to county control. The measure saved California $100 million but some argue it was not without casualties.

Jeff Jardine, The Modesto Bee

You (or someone who looks just like you) have been arrested and hauled down to the county jail to be booked, fingerprinted, your mug shot taken and allowed that all-important phone call.
Whether you use it to phone a bail bond agent directly or have someone else call for you, depending upon the alleged crime you can be free within in a couple of hours – presuming you can raise the 10 percent down.
But Tuesday in Sacramento, state legislators likely will take a step toward joining a number of other states in the nation that have eliminated bail altogether. Assembly Bill 42, authored by Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, goes before the State Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, where it is expected to move on to the appropriations committee toward a possible floor vote in June.